Sydney: Ricky Ponting needed to have his concerns assuaged by the national selector John Inverarity before he accepted the stand-in captaincy for Friday's triangular series match against Sri Lanka in Sydney.
Aware that Michael Clarke had strained a hamstring at the conclusion of Sunday's loss to India, Ponting took the vice-captain David Warner aside in the Adelaide Oval dressing room to say "make sure you've got yourself ready to captain Australia in a couple of days' time". However Ponting then took the call of Inverarity, who explained that Warner was not yet ready for the position, compelling the selectors to go back to the former captain at the SCG.
"I did have a think about it and I had a good chat to John Inverarity about that and what some of my concerns were around that," Ponting said on match eve. "But I decided to do what they wanted me to do and what I felt was probably right for the team right at the moment.